"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Leading researchers in the field of spoken discourse and language teaching
offer an empirically informed, issues-based discussion of the present state
of research into spoken language. They address some of the complex and
rewarding opportunities offered by these emerging insights for language
education and, specifically, for TESOL. They ask whether new data and
evidence that spoken discourse is a distinctive genre will challenge
existing language theories and teaching. What could be the practical
outcomes for curriculum, teaching approaches, materials and assessment? A
stimulating resource for researchers and for professional and student